Pollini by Emily Cranny, 2014
BA(Hons) Fine Art graduands Rose-Marie Caldecott and Emily Cranny have made the Saatchi New Sensations longlist. Widely regarded as the UK's most important annual prize for emerging artists, it prioritises talent and imagination, providing an international platform.
This, the eighth year of the prize, saw submissions from hundreds of art students preparing to graduate from both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Nominated by Saatchi Art curators, the longlist reflects the highest calibre of work.
Rose-Marie commented on her selection, "It was a great honour to find out that I had been nominated. To have the recognition from the Saatchi gallery, which many call the hub of the modern art world, has given me a confidence and drive which is very valuable at this stage of my career."
Equally delighted, Emily added, "The news was quite a surprise! I'm tremendously pleased and grateful to have been nominated. It's a great boost as I continue with my practice."
Rose-Marie is currently enjoying her first solo exhibition at Oxford's Art Jericho. Titled, The Radiance of Being, the show runs until September. Emily is also continuing her work and has plans to return to university for postgraduate study.
The Saatchi New Sensations shortlist will be selected by a panel of judges and announced in September. All shortlisted works will be profiled in the New Sensations' exhibition this October at a 22,000 square-foot venue represented by Location House, London.